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Pacifica Radio Archives: National Endowment for the Arts Grant 2011

In 2011, Pacifica Radio Archives received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to preserve 150 programs from our vaults, with preservation assistance from George Blood Audio and Video in Philadelphia, PA. The resulting collection encompasses an eclectic array of programs, some of which were only very recently discovered by PRA staff. Among some of the many highlights of the collection are a WBAI interview with Andy Warhol about his film Chelsea Girls shortly after the film’s release in 1968; poet, activist and scholar Sonia Sanchez delivering two speeches at Cal State Long Beach in 1992; actuality of gay activists marching through NYC’s West Village to protest the shooting of William Friedkin’s Cruising; a KPFA interview with acclaimed bass opera singer Elfego Esparza; a report on the role of video games in American culture from 1982; and many, many more. Where previous grant projects have focused on specific themes and topics in our collection, the NEA 2011 collection represents the sheer depth and breadth of Pacifica’s vaults, a place where over sixty years of history, politics, and the arts blend together. We are pleased to once again partner with the Internet Archive to bring this unique collection to a wider audience.

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This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.


SHOW DETAILS
Title
Date Archived
Creator
Al Auster reviews Édouard Molinaro's film of the play La Cage aux Folles and Martin Sherman's play Bent, two recent gay-themed productions showing in New York City.
Source: WBAI
Jane Fonda speaks at the University of California in Berkeley on January 29, 1973. She gives an anti-war speech at a rally for Pat Chenoweth, a soldier facing charges of mutiny in Vietnam. The tape is courtesy of the Chenoweth Defense Committee. She speaks about the Mekong Delta, Nixon's role, and the resilience and strength of the Vietnamese. Fonda reads a few excerpts from one of the chief negotiators of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam in Paris which talks about the...
( 3 reviews )
Source: KPFA
Samuel Beckett's radio play Embers directed by Ira Wall and with performances by Stacy Keach and Sudie Bond.
Source: WBAI
Don Sortor reads chapters 1 and 3 of Grendel, John Gardner's 1971 re-telling of Beowulf from the monster's point of view. (New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1971). Chapter 1 begins at start of tape. Chapter 3 begins at 00:16:12. This recording does not have Erik Bauersfeld intro.
Source: KPFA
Actuality of Chinese-American cinematographer James Wong Howe talking about his career in Hollywood and taking questions from the audience at the 1974 San Francisco Film Festival following a screening of Funny Lady. Howe tells the audience anecdotes including how he became a camera man, his famous photograph of Mary Miles Minter in which her blue eyes were dark for the first time using orthochromatic film, how he filmed a scene in which a bird lands on Spencer Tracy's hand in The Old Man and...
Source: KPFA
The second of two symposia sponsored by the Esalen Institute on the value of psychotic experience, entitled "The Poetry of Madness", recorded July 31, 1968 at the Longshoremen's Memorial Hall in San Francisco. Panelists are John Perry, a San Francisco-based psychiatrist; Claudio Naranjo, a psychiatrist from Chile; Allen Ginsberg, poet; and Alan Watts, philosopher and writer; discussion is moderated by Julian Silverman, general manager of the Esalen Institute. Perry discusses Plato's...
Source: WBAI
Charles Ruas and Karen Achenbach talk to filmmakers Albert Maysles and Ellen Hovde about their documentary Grey Gardens. They talk about the origins of the film and how Maysles came to meet the Beales. They describe living conditions in the Beales' mansion. Maysles discusses the acceptance of eccentricity as a character trait in American society. They talk about their shooting schedule, the Beales' own involvement in the direction of the film, and the relationship between the directors and...
( 1 reviews )
Source: WBAI
34 year-old American bass opera singer Elfego Esparza, born in Texas, discusses his opera training and career. He began singing at the age of 17. After being advised to train in Europe, he went to Germany to study, then returned to the United States to further his training. He has performed at the Metropolitan Opera, the San Francisco Opera Company, and several opera houses throughout Europe.
Source: KPFA
Writer-director Woody Allen (1935 - ) discusses the difference between intercourse and oral sex and President Clinton. Excerpt from longer interview.
Source: WBAI
Bob Alexander interviews the Ramones at WBAI. The band discusses their recent tour and take listener phone calls. One caller asks "What does 'Gabba Gabba Hey' mean?" and "Why do all of your songs have the same beat?"
Source: WBAI
Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton and her "Hound Dog Blues Band" perform at the Museum of Modern Art's "Jazz in the Garden" series on July 22, 1971. The first eight minutes of the recording are a warm-up by Thornton's backing band. David Giorgio introduces Thornton and her band. On this portion of the tape she performs "Mother-in-Law Blues"; "Rock Me Baby"; "Shake, Rattle and Roll"; "Hound Dog"; and "Swing on Home, Big...
Source: WBAI
An absolutely authentic white cajun band from the Bayou Country plays a set of folk music. The Balfas holler and let you know they enjoy what they do. The band is made up of two fiddles, two guitars, an accordion, and a triangle. The recording fades with "Mardi Gras Jig."
Source: KPFT
"The Harder They Come" is a criminal film produced by Perry Henzell starring Jimmy Cliff and was filmed in Jamaica in 1972. The film tends to defy classification and provides insights to the black Jamaica, not tourist Jamaica. The main character, Ivan, goes to Kingston to find fame but finds himself in difficult situations. This film's soundtrack played an important role in popularizing reggae in the United States. Singer, songwriter and actor Jimmy Cliff discusses his career and how...
Source: WBAI
KPFK's Barbara Cady and Los Angeles Free Press reporter Helen Koblin interview Jill Johnston, Village Voice columnist and author of Lesbian Nation. Johnston explains her views of lesbianism as the only true radical feminist position. She discusses the purported link between lesbianism and madness, her relationship with her children, and whether the lesbian feminist struggle is equivalent to the oppression of Third World peoples.
Source: KPFK
Barbara Gittings and Charles Pitts talk with two young lesbians, Donna and Kathy. They talk about how young lesbians can enter the lesbian social world, the link between physical and emotional attraction between women, what high school is like for young lesbians, and the lack of lesbian establishments in NYC. Gittings gives out contact info for homophile organizations at the end of the program. News and reviews edited out of program.
Source: WBAI
Casse Culver and Willie Tyson, two lesbian folk singers, perform at an unknown venue. They perform "The Bloods", "Don't Put Her Down", "Truck Drivin' Woman", and "Levee Blues." Extract from a longer performance.
Source: WBAI
A radio adaptation of Monique Wittig's surrealistic drama about militant feminist consciousness transformed into action. The play imagines a literal battle of the sexes in which women, having taken up arms, triumph against an army of men. Contains recorded music. Adapted from an English translation of Les guérillères, trans. David Le Vay (Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1971).
Source: KPFK
WBAI's Karen Berg interviews Cyril Jordan and Roy Loney, the chief songwriters of American rock band The Flamin' Groovies. They talk about the economics of being in a rock band, including the cost of equipment and the inevitability of getting ripped off. Jordan and Loney also discuss the origins of the band's name and some of their memorable gigs.Contains sensitive language.
Source: WBAI
The Shakespeare Liberation Front reads Grace Paley's short story "The Loudest Voice." Cast includes Deborah Zane, Don Robbins, Sally Francis, Steven Eldridge, Christine Stevens, and Richard Mann. Live music by the Shakespeare Liberation Front Singers with Don Robbins on piano. Adapted for radio and directed by Jeffrey Shandler and Don Robbins. Produced by Claude Eth[sp?]. Live sound effects by Richard Mann. Engineered by Dan Finton. Executive produced by Tim Holcomb. The first three...
Source: WBAI
A dramatic presentation of the personal correspondence of Vincent Van Gogh to his brother, Theo, adapted from The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh (Greenwich, CT: New York Graphic Society, 1958). Produced by David Rapkin, adapted by Bonnie Bellow and Terry Shtob with musical direction by James Irsay. Performed by John Lithgow and Co.
Source: WBAI
Cal Green of WBAI's The Critical People talks to artist Andy Warhol about his film Chelsea Girls. Henry Geldzahler, associate curator of American painting and sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paul Morrissey, film critic and director, and International Velvet and Ingrid Superstar, two of Andy Warhol's "Factory girls" join them in the studio. Green and guests discuss how Chelsea Girls is different from Warhol's previous films and chat about other filmmakers and artists such...
Source: WBAI
Christopher Alexander, a world-renowned progressive architect, discusses the directions of contemporary design at his home in Berkeley. His talk discusses the need for architects to take into consideration the needs of the people for whom they are building. Alexander believes that wholeness and beauty are not vague notions and that buildings should be relevant to their cultural as well as physical landscape. Alexander talks about how non-experts can take control of their own affairs and that...
Source: KPFA
Comedian, writer and filmmaker Mel Brooks discusses his life and career. He talks about how all Indians are Jews, losing his New York Jewish accent and his new movie Young Frankenstein. Brooks offers his thoughts on obscene language, responds to people who don't like his comedies, and explains his own dislike of topical humor.
Source: KPFK
Edward Haber interviews Canadian singer-songwriters Kate (1946-2010) and Anna McGarrigle (1944 - ) at a coffee shop near Carnegie Hall on February 2, 1980. They talk about their upcoming release, French Record, which is sung entirely in French, the difference in folk music styles between French Canada and other countries, and singing in French to English audiences. Interview is interwoven with some of their recordings.
Source: WBAI
The second of two symposia sponsored by the Esalen Institute on the value of psychotic experience, entitled "The Poetry of Madness", recorded July 31, 1968 at the Longshoremen's Memorial Hall in San Francisco. Question-and-answer session with audience. Panelists discuss the philosophy of George Gurdjieff, whether there's been any success in treating chronic schizophrenics, Scientology, whether anyone's proven that reality exists, "re-educating old ideas versus assassinating...
Source: WBAI
Writer and activist Rita Mae Brown (1944 - ) delivers a speech at the Women's Building in Los Angeles on July 4, 1976. Brown talks about the way both men and women suffer under the patriarchy through pornographic violence and nostalgia in the mass media. She tells the audience that "you've got to become an actor, not a reactor" and that the Equal Rights Amendment is a "worn-out issue" meant to distract from more pressing issues. Brown also calls for the feminist movement to...
Source: KPFK
An informal discussion between nine lesbians, all in their early-to-mid-twenties, recorded at an apartment in New York City's Greenwich Village and moderated by Charles Hayden (later Randolfe Hayden "Randy" Wicker). The women discuss how one becomes a lesbian, their relationships with their parents, and how they relate to gay and straight men and women. They talk about how the straight world perceives them, comparing lesbian relationships to those of heterosexual and gay male couples,...
Source: WBAI
Recording of the Freddie Hubbard Quintet performing at the La Bastille nightclub in Houston on November 21, 1973 (2nd set). They perform "Uncle Albert", "Brigitte", "Little Sunflower" and "Keep Your Soul Together."
Source: KPFT
This introduction to Peking opera describes the history of the opera, its instrumentation and orchestration, its costuming and facial paintings, the types of characters, the styles of recitation, the solo singing, and the differences in the types of Peking opera. Han Kuo-Huang, a professor of music history and ethnomusicology at Northern Illinois University, also describes the changes that are happening now to opera in China. The program contains many examples and demonstrations of the various...
Source: KPFA
Jane Fonda of the Indochina Peace Campaign talks with Paul McIsaac about Haskell Wexler's Introduction to the Enemy, a film she co-produced with Tom Hayden about North Vietnam. Fonda discusses why she set out to make the film and the film's "gentle" approach to the issues it portrays. Fonda talks about the ramifications of the implementation of the Paris Peace Accords for both North and South Vietnam. They discuss Fonda and Hayden's easy passage between North and South Vietnam and...
Source: WBAI
Poet Amiri Baraka reads several poems at UCLA: "Raising the Roof", "Wailers", "Linguistics", "Reflections", "Sounding". Recording cuts off mid-poem. Contains sensitive language.
Source: KPFK
KPFK's Claire Loeb interviews Rudi Gernreich, the terror of the fashion world. He explains why his models carry guns, expresses his sympathy with embattled women, proclaims the end of fashion, and elaborates his views on unisex. He also castigates the coercive practices of the fashion industry, particularly the Press and Women's Wear Daily. Recorded January 18, 1971The recording begins with the song "I've Got Five Dollars" and ends with "Island in the West Indies" both sung...
Source: KPFK
WBAI's Rich Schrader interviews actor John Cullum and Admiral Gene La Rocque from the Center for Defense Information about the controversial post-apocalyptic TV movie "The Day After". Schrader expresses his own dissatisfaction with both the film and the post-film roundtable that included Henry Kissinger, William F. Buckley, Jr., Robert McNamara, George P. Shultz and Carl Sagan, among others. Cullum discusses what makes the film resonate with audiences and the pressures placed on the...
Source: WBAI
Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton and her "Hound Dog Blues Band" perform at the Museum of Modern Art's "Jazz in the Garden" series on July 22, 1971. The first few minutes are of crowd noise, followed by her band warming up. She performs "Black Angel Blues"; "Ball and Chain"; "I Don't Want Nobody But You"(?); "He's Got the Whole World in His Hand"; "Oh Happy Day"; "Down by the Riverside"; "That Lucky Old...
Source: WBAI
Al Auster hosts a discussion of recent Hollywood films about women, namely An Unmarried Woman, Julia, and The Turning Point. Panelists include Elizabeth Hess, cultural editor of Seven Days and HERESIES; Marjorie Rosen, film critic for Ms. magazine and author of Popcorn Venus: Women, Movies and the American Dream; and Jan Rosenberg, professor of Women's Studies at Empire State College - Old Westbury and co-organizer of the second Women's International Film Festival. The panelists discuss whether...
Source: WBAI
The Firesign Theatre cover the "Southern Hemisphere Olympics" from Patagonia.
Source: KPFK
Composer Kay Swift (1897 - 1993), the first woman to score a complete musical (1930's Fine and dandy), recounts her life. She talks about her early love of opera and how she was able to break into Broadway. She talks about how she came to collaborate with George and Ira Gershwin and the ballet she composed for George Balanchine, Alma mater, and how she left behind the Broadway life to run away to a ranch in Oregon. Swift reads excerpts from her 1940 memoir Who could ask for anything more?....
Source: WBAI
Christopher Alexander, a world-renowned progressive architect, discusses the directions of contemporary design. In the second half of this program he elaborates on his conception of wholeness. Alexander argues against people conceptualizing themselves as being "mechanisms" inside of a larger sphere. There are objective differences between "good buildings" and "bad buildings" contrary to what architects have been taught. Saatkamp reads an excerpt from...
Source: KPFA
Opens with music from Anderson's 1979 Cabrillo College Music Festival performance: untitled tape-bow violin performance; Closed Circuits"; "Born, Never Asked"; and "The Language of the Future". Laurie Anderson talks with Susan Sailow about how shaping time is at the core of her art, her studio, electronics and how performing is just like playing at home to her. They discuss the interaction between visual and aural elements of her art. Anderson talks about using printing...
Source: KPFA
WBAI's Bob Fried leads a panel discussion on how psychedelics, hallucinogenics and other related drugs are treated in contemporary society and on society's view of the use and abuse of said drugs. Panelists are Dr. Donald B. Luria, from the New York County Medical Society Subcommittee on Narcotics; Dr. Ralph Metzner, editor of the Psychedelic Review; and poet Allen Ginsberg. Dr. Luria talks about the rise of opiate addiction in the United States. Dr. Metzner discusses the rise of drug addiction...
Source: WBAI
The performance artist discusses literary, technical, and musical aspects of her work. The first part of this episode analyzes the literary aspects of Anderson's work, such as her penchant for funny stories and wordplay. Anderson talks about fellow artist Chris Burden and the elimination of metaphor. She discusses how her artistic approach runs counter to the "California sense of the world." The second part of this episode emphasizes the technical aspects of Anderson's work, such as...
Source: KPFA
An hour of music and talk with the The Red Star Singers, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's best political/anti-war music groups of the early 1970s. Music includes some songs not released widely by the group, and therefore, rarely heard outside the bay area. The members include Gary Lapow, Bonnie Lockhart, Mike Margulis, and Ron Rosenbaum. Lapow speaks about their music, process of creation, and the environment that inspired them. The some of the songs played throughout the recording include...
Source: KPFA
Diane DiMassa, creator of the cartoon character Hothead Paisan, discusses how her addiction to television and alcohol fueled the development of that character. She talks about how women of color and queer women feel and express rage in ways which are not acceptable to the dominant white culture. She discusses her appreciation of other cartoonists, and the creation of Zine Scene and Hothead's friends. She discusses her fans, male therapists, academics, alcoholism, and getting into fights with...
Source: KPFK
WBAI's Paul Wunder asks Woody Allen why there are no black people in his movies at a press conference for Mighty Aphrodite.Excerpt from a longer recording. Full interview published in November 2, 1995 issue of Arts Magazine.
Source: WBAI
Judy Mowatt (1952 - ), reggae singer and one-time member of the I-Three's and backup singer for Bob Marley and the Wailers, performs live with the One Vibe Band at SOB's (co-presented by WBAI-FM), her first live solo performance in New York City. She performs "Only a woman", "Down in the valley", "Slave queen", "Concrete jungle", "Big woman", "Many are called", "Sister's chant", "One love" (featuring Peter Tosh),...
Source: WBAI
This recording contains a performance by R&B vocalist "Little" Jimmy Scott (1925 - ) at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C. The Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Howell Beagle and Ohio Congressman Louis Stokes introduce Scott and his band. Scott performs "All of Me" (00:07:58), "Time After Time" (00:11:50), "Day by Day" (00:17:53), "Pennies from Heaven" (00:24:31), and "When Did You Leave Heaven?" (00:28:35)....
Source: Pacifica National Program
Viv Sutherland introduces the second tape from the a reading by writer, professor, and actor June Jordan originally broadcast on Women's Studies in 1980. At the second reading at the "Read It Today" in Washington Heights, Eleanor Ebissert an editor for the literary magazine 13th Moon speaks about Jordan's background. Jordan reads "Problems of Translation: Problems of Language", "The Test of Atlanta", along with several other poems.The first 10 seconds of the...
Source: WBAI
A celebration of the 10th annual Lesbian Pride Week, featuring poets & artists who will be appearing during this year's events. Alix Dobkin's song "Women Loving" opens the program. Jewelle Gomez reads her poem "Flamingos and Bears". Eleanor Cooper of Lesbian Feminist Liberation talks about Lesbian Pride Week through the years and about the importance of lesbian pride. Ellen Marie Bissert reads her poem "Ode to My True Nature". Karen Brown, writer and director...
Source: WBAI
Recording of lesbian poets reading as part of Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA)'s Lesbian Pride Week celebrations, recorded on June 28th, 1980. Jane Creighton reads "Song for Love Has No Object", "Ceres in an Open Field", "Thinking About Her", and "Naked and Rosy"; Fran Winant reads from her book Looking at Women two poems, "Happy New Year", "Letters by Eleanor Roosevelt"; Lorraine Currelley reads "Intercourse", "Midnight...
Source: WBAI
Joan Greenbaum speaks with Howard Saunders of the Institute for Labor Education and Research about the closing of the tape production 3M factory in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey. They speak about the productivity of the plant, the workers, and the reasons for the closure of the plant.Springsteen's songs "My Hometown" and "Dancing in the Dark" are played throughout the program.
Source: WBAI
Elsa Knight Thompson talks with Richard Baker, president of the San Francisco Zen Center and Shunryu Suzuki (Suzuki Roshi), co-founder of the Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Baker talks about the opening of the Zen Mountain Center, of which Suzuki was the head until his death in 1971. Thompson and her guests discuss certain aspects and ideas pertaining to Zen Buddhism, as well as the sense of detachment from modern American culture that leads people to seek out...
Source: KPFA
Blues musician Koko Taylor (1928 - 2009) is interviewed by WBAI by phone from Chicago. Taylor talks about her religious upbringing, her musical influences, and why young people don't know anything about blues music.
Source: WBAI
Singer-songwriter Judy Collins discusses her music, her politics and her career with KPFK's Barbara Cady. She talks about her artistic process, her prison reform activism, the emergence of women's music, and firing her manager. She also talks about music venues ripping off audiences with expensive ticket prices.
Source: KPFK
"Little" Jimmy Scott is interviewed by hosts Bill Barlow and Jerry Washington before Ruth Brown's performance at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater. Brown performs "Secret Love" (00:06:08), introduces the band and performs "Looking Back" (00:11:09), "5-10-15 Hours" (00:17:57), "Be Anything, But Darling Be Mine" (00:22:51 with extended intro), "Teardrops from My Eyes" (00:34:28), "This Bitter Earth" (00:38:36 with extended...
Source: Pacifica National Program
Tony Cavin and Marc Cooper interview video game players at the Castle Park video arcade in Sherman Oaks, CA. Among the video games discussed are Pac-Man, Ms. Pac-Man, and Dig Dug. The hosts explain the differences between home games and games played in the arcade, as well as the controversy over violent and sexual video games like Custer's Last Stand and War Command. Interview with a Boeing Corporation representative who explains how they use video games to sell combat helicopters. Video game...
( 1 reviews )
Source: KPFK
KPFK's Jude McGee presents a two-hour special for International Women's Day on women composers in classical music with in-studio guest JoAnn Falletta, conductor of the Women's Philharmonic. Falletta talks about the great women composers from the baroque period through to contemporary times and her work with the National Women Composers Resource Center. The Women's Philharmonic plays Ellen Zwilich's "Concerto grosso 1985", Marianna Martines' "Sinfonia in C", Camilla de...
( 1 reviews )
Source: KPFK
A group of people discuss the News and Reviews by opening up with a letter written by a 14 year-old male asking questions about homosexuality. They also address other topics such as a murder case. Kermit introduces the topic of meeting places and lists public areas such as 3rd Ave., Central Park West, and small local spots such as Brooklyn Heights and park around Riverside Dr. They talk about the history of private clubs and gay bars and the tie in to the mafia. Charles Pitts sits in host Baird...
Source: WBAI
This historical program examines the fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company factory which took place in New York City on March 25, 1911. It includes interviews with a survivor of the fire, other contemporaries of that era, a dramatic recreation of the fire and music and readings. There is also some material regarding the shirtwaist makers strike in 1909, and an interview with Pauline Newman, the first woman organizer of the ILGWU.
Source: WBAI
Clare Loeb interviews Claes Oldenburg in Maurice Tuchman's office at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art prior to the opening of the "Art and Technology" show on April 26, 1971. Oldenburg talks about the genesis and creation of his giant writhing icebag sculptures, one of which was exhibited in the show. He talks about the humor in his work, Marcel Duchamp, the sexuality and "Oriental" nature of his sculptures and the link between factory production and technologies of war.
Source: KPFK
Jack Spicer lectures on poetry and politics at the Berkeley Poetry Conference at the University of California, Berkeley on July 4, 1965. Spicer discusses the exploitation of young poets, the efficacy of political poetry, and ruminates on both Vietnam and the Free Speech Movement, followed by questions from the audience. Spicer is introduced by Thomas Parkinson.A complete transcript of this talk is available in Peter Gizzi, ed., The house that Jack built: the collected lectures of Jack Spicer...
Source: KPFA
Corless Smith produces a documentary on the social role of 'beautification' as seen through the eyes of a Martian correspondent. Fuscia the martian speaks to fashion consultants, Pat Kwon from New York, Deborah Matthews from Cleveland, and Monique Montgomery from Paris about the role of beauty in society. Next she speaks to podiatrists, Dr. Margaret Low and Dr. Ruth Wood about the effects of heels on women's health. Robin Lakoff, professor of Linguistics at University of California, Berkeley...
Source: KPFA
Novelist Ishmael Reed, musician Ortiz Walton, and painter Joe Overstreet discuss the traditions of Black art at the San Francisco Black Writers Workshop in 1970. They talk about the history of blacks being discouraged from participating in the arts in the United States, the co-optation of black cultural forms by white people and the difficulty black artists have in getting recognition or grants for their work. Walton mentions the protest of the New York Philharmonic for not hiring black...
Source: KPFA
Hosts Bill Barlow and Jerry Washington interview blues singer and pianist Charles Brown (1922 - 1999) before his performance at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater. The Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Howell Beagle introduces Brown. Brown performs "I Stepped in Quicksand" (00:12:30), "Save Your Love for Me" (00:19:00), "Seven Long Days" (00:24:34), "Just the Way You Are" (00:29:24), "Black Night" (00:33:59) and "So Long" (00:39:50)....
Source: Pacifica National Program
Jack Spicer's delivers his first Vancouver lecture, "Dictation and 'A Textbook of Poetry'", recorded at Warren Tallman's house in 1965.A complete transcript of this talk is available in Peter Gizzi, ed., The house that Jack built: the collected lectures of Jack Spicer (Middleton, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1998, 4-19).
( 1 reviews )
Source: KPFA
Pianist Jay McShann and Bruce Ricker, lawyer and producer of "Last of the Blue Devils", a documentary about Kansas City Jazz. Ricker speaks about his influences and how the film evolved. The film takes place in the late 1970s and musicians of the Pendergast era would get together to jam at the union hall.
Source: WBAI
Bruce Brown of Public Affairs Department of WBAI introduces the first of two speeches on the origins of the Gay Rights Movement. Recorded during the Organization of American Historians Convention in New York City. Following, Dr. James Levin of Special Programs department of City College of New York, speaks about his concern with the reconstruction of the early history of the Gay Movement from the period of World War II to around 1959. Levin is National president of the Gay Academic Union,...
Source: WBAI
This is a documentary which includes interviews and actuality gathered in the streets of Houston, Texas. Individual modules explore the conditions and problems facing the homeless. An abused mother talks about her drug-addict boyfriend who she left and found support in a shelter. Sharon, another victim of abuse, speaks about her experiences as a drug addict and prostitute and her urge to turn her life around. Several others speak about their home life and the reasons for being led into the...
Source: KPFT
Hosts Bill Barlow and Jerry Washington interview Charles Brown (1922 - 1999) at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater in Washington, D.C. Rhythm and blues singer LaVern Baker (1929 - 1997) performs "Shake a Hand" (00:08:24), "Tweedlee Dee" (00:13:55), "I Cried a Tear" (00:18:20), "Bumble Bee" (00:22:51), "Tomorrow Night" (00:26:37), "I'm Leaving It All Up to You" (00:32:35), "See See Rider" (00:36:09), "Nobody Knows You...
Source: Pacifica National Program
Pete Wilson hosts a special "Gay Rage" edition of Gay Pride. Program begins with news announcements. Wilson vents his frustration with the journalist Arthur Bell over his article "Hostility Comes Out of the Closet" in the June 28, 1973 issue of the Village Voice. He takes Bell to task for his portrayal of the queer liberation movement and for refusing to talk to him about the article on his show. Wilson takes listener phone calls. One caller reports that transgender activist...
Source: WBAI
Actuality of a protest by members of the NYC gay community over the filming of William Friedkin's Cruising on August 20, 1979. [Unidentified female protester] reports that the protest successfully blocked the film's crew from shooting on Christopher Street the previous night. Joe Simenyak[sp?] addresses the crowd and slams Mayor Ed Koch and his administration for not issuing any statements about the film. The group marches down Christopher Street to visit the Badlands and Ramrod, two bars that...
Source: WBAI
Extracts from an interview with an unnamed gay Holocaust survivor who talks about his experiences in a concentration camp.
Source: WBAI
Examination of the changing views of lesbianism. Produced by Sheri Tyler. Presented by Women's Theater of Los Angeles. Includes reenactments including a lesbian on the couch, and a live discussion with participants from the Lesbian Feminists. Includes discussion of the belief by many psychologists that homosexuality is sick and perverted and the belief that lesbians are threats. Continues with readings about women meeting each other and sharing good times. (50:00) Musical interlude. "Blood...
Source: KPFK
This episode of the centennial celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth illustrates Wright's interest in teaching young people and how they in turn informed his own architectural practice. Aaron Green, a San Francisco-based architect, discusses his impressions of the years he spent working with Wright at his architecture studio, Taliesin. Reese Palley describes how San Francisco hippies volunteered to help reconstruct Wright's V.C. Morris Gift Shop. Lloyd Wright, Frank's son, talks about what...
Source: KPFA
Sonia Sanchez, teacher poet, essayist, dramatist, and storyteller, delivers two short talks for Black women students: "Development of Social Values and the Birth of a Poet" and "Women in Search of Truth" at the first annual meeting of Associated Women Students Commission (AWSC) of Cal State Long Beach. On this tape, Sanchez relates a tale from her father about Black pilots in the '40s. and makes an urgent plea for education to empower young people to meet today's realities....
Source: WBAI
Robert Sklar speaks with Lizzie Borden, director of the American independent political film "Born in Flames". The film is based on a post-revolutionary atmosphere in New York. Issues of sexism, racism, and class continue to bedevil the society. Borden and Sklar have a great discussion about women figures in the film and the impact of socialism.
Source: WBAI